We had a professional photographer come down to Panama for a week, Adam Elliott from Elliott Photographic (Adam also happens to be a friend going back to fifth grade). He has a great photo blog (phlog?) of his many travels. It was a lot of fun, and having him on site for five days allowed us to get a lot of great shots under lots of different light conditions. For Adam, I’m sure the chopper ride was a highlight, but for me the slowly sinking boat was the apex of our adventure.
We’re still waiting to get the DVDs with all the photos he took (there are several hundred), but the few he’s emailed so far are amazing. Adam is an expert in HDR photography, where the photographer takes multiple (maybe a dozen or more) photos of the same shot, with varying levels of exposure, and then combines them all into one photo. The results are often dramatic (see photo below), but it really isn’t a “trick;” in many ways it better represents what the eye sees. From what I’ve seen so far, we’re going to have some amazing shots for marketing use.